If you have questions regarding field trips or would like to check the status of trips in case of unfavorable weather conditions, please call the trip leader. If he/she cannot be reached, call the scheduler. Trips geared for beginners are highlighted in red. * Listed Field Trip times are departure times. Plan to arrive 10-15 min. earlier for planning and details. To get directions, you can also use the Birding Sites Map. Due to insurance requirements, Sacramento Audubon leaders are not allowed to organize carpools. Participants are, however, encouraged to voluntarily share rides. Any carpool arrangements are private arrangements between the driver and the passengers. Drivers must carry adequate insurance coverage. Please be courteous and share gas expenses with the driver.
Field Trips for September 12 through October 11, 2017
Meet Darrell in the cul-de-sac at the south end of Ethan Way, just south of where Hurley Way goes into Gate 12 of Cal Expo. We will look for a variety of resident species and migrants. Wood Ducks are a good possibility on the lake. This will be a 1 to 2 mile hike that will take up to 3 hours. Bring water and sunscreen.
Saturday, September 16, 10:30am Effie Yeaw Family Nature Walk This family friendly nature walk will be at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center in Carmichael. Acorn Woodpeckers and Wild Turkeys are abundant, but sharp eyes and ears may find Spotted Towhees or Bushtits as well. Reservations are not needed; families can simply show up and enjoy a one-hour walk in the lovely Nature Area with naturalists from the nature center and birders from Audubon. For directions, see sacnaturecenter.net. A Sac County Park Pass or $5 entry fee is required for all vehicles.
Saturday, September 16, 7am Fall Migration “Wild Card” Leader: Scott Hoppe, 835-8471, shoppe01@surewest .net Join Scott in pursuit of fall migrants. But this trip has a twist: the destinations will be a mystery until the day of the trip. Scott will be watching posts and checking conditions. Depending on where the birding has been best recently, the agenda will likely include coastal or Bay Area locations. So be prepared for an adventurous day in the field. Bring lunch, liquids, dress for possible cooler coastal weather and be prepared for easy to moderate hiking. Meet at the Park and Ride in West Sacramento. From Sacramento, take the West Capitol Ave. Exit #81; turn left at the light and then left again into the Park and Ride lot.
Sunday, September 17, 8am, SHARP Family Friendly Trip Woodfords/Markleeville area Leaders: Wendy Money, 205-3194 Sandra Steurer, 580-8398 Wendy: firstname.lastname@example.org Sandra: email@example.com Bring your camera for fall foliage and birds! We will be looking for mountain specialty species like: Woodpeckers, Sapsuckers, Clark's Nutcracker, Mountain Chickadees, Townsend's Solitaires, Pinion Jays, Golden Eagles and other raptors. Wear sturdy shoes and dress in layers for cool mornings. Bring water, snacks, and lunch. Meet Sandra and Wendy at the Bella Bru in El Dorado Hills. From Hwy 50 east take Exit #30B; turn right on El Dorado Hills Blvd and go north under the freeway to the shopping center on your right. Meet at the far north end of the parking lot. We will leave at 8 am and it will be an all day trip. Loaner binoculars available. Questions? Contact Wendy or Sandra. This is a great trip for beginners, young birders, and everyone else.
Sunday, September 17, 8am River Bend Park Leader: Cathie LaZier, 502-2699 firstname.lastname@example.org If you don't have time to do the excellent Woodfords trip, meet Cathie for a morning walk through the oak woodland and down to the river looking for the resident birds of the parkway, as well as possible migrants. Meet in the first parking lot on your right just past the entrance kiosk. From Folsom Blvd., between Bradshaw and Mather Field Road, take Rod Beaudry Drive north into the park. A Sac County Park Pass or $5 entry fee is required for all vehicles.
Wednesday, September 20, 7:30am Mather Lake Leader: Wayne Blunk, 876-0457 Wayne.Blunk@gmail.com Mather Lake is one of Wayne’s favorite birding locations, but this trip will be limited to the northeast shore of the lake, due to construction at the dam. Wayne will still be able to turn up quite a list of bird species, including raptors, water birds and small passerines. Meet in the parking lot of Mather Regional Park; from Highway 50, go south on Zinfandel about 2-1/2 miles. After crossing Douglas Blvd. take the first left into the park area. There is a $5 per car entrance fee; your Sac County Parkway pass is valid here. This is a wonderful trip for beginning and experienced birders alike.
Saturday, September 23, 7am Bodega Bay Leader: John York, 409-9276 Johnyork157@yahoo.com Join John for a full day of birding around Bodega Bay, taking in a variety of habitats. Plan to see waterfowl, shorebirds, gulls and raptors. Meet John at 7am at the Park & Ride off I-80 in West Sacramento. From Sacramento, take the West Capitol Ave. Exit #81; turn left at the light and then left again into the Park & Ride lot. Bring fluids and dress for changeable weather. It will be a full day of birding, and John is planning to stop for lunch in Bodega Bay.
Sunday, September 24, 8am American River between Watt and Howe Leader: Dan Kopp, 213-2791 email@example.com Join Dan in the area where he discovered birding, as he searches for early fall returns, migrants still heading south and our residents. There are well established trails that wind through oak woodland, riparian areas and around backwater coves. The trip will last until lunch time. Meet Dan at the Watt Avenue entrance to the Parkway in the first parking lot on the left as you drive in. Park access is off La Riviera just east of Watt Avenue. A Sac County Park Pass or $5 entry fee is required for all vehicles or you can park on La Riviera and walk in. Dan plans on making it to the Howe Access before turning around, an approximate 2 mile walk. This is a great trip for beginners and more experienced birders.
Monday, September 25, 8am Effie Yeaw Nature Center Leader: Bob McCleary, 960-3390 firstname.lastname@example.org Bob is a docent at the Nature Center and knows the trails, and where to find the birds. On this morning walk he’ll be looking for both resident and wintering birds. Meet him in the Nature Center parking lot in Ancil Hoffman Park. This is a good trip for beginners as well as more experienced birders. For directions, see sacnaturecenter.net. A Sac County Park Pass or $5 entry fee is required for all vehicles.
Saturday, September 30, 7am Point Reyes for Fall Vagrants Leader: Dan Williams, (714) 943-1266 email@example.com Join Dan for a full day of birding at Point Reyes. Bring a lunch and plenty of water and be prepared for a full day of chasing rare birds, wherever they might be! Late September at the Point is always exciting, and Dan will let the most recent rare bird reports dictate the day's itinerary. Every fall is different and of course there are no guarantees in birding, but this trip in the past has turned up such goodies as Broad-winged Hawk, Buff-breasted Sandpiper, White-winged Dove, Least Flycatcher, Yellow-green Vireo, and just about every warbler imaginable! Meet at the Park & Ride off I-80 in West Sacramento. From Sacramento, take the West Capitol Ave. Exit #81; turn left at the light and then left again into the Park & Ride lot.
September 30 & 31 Saturday: Monterey Bay Pelagic Trip Sunday: Coastal Land Birding Co-ordinator for both days: Linda Pittman, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday, October 1, 7am Putah Creek Preserve Family Friendly Trip Leader: Ben Graber, 844-8682 Bgraber984@gmail.com Join Ben for a morning walk along Putah Creek in search of late migrants and wintering riparian birds. If the participants so desire, we may also visit Solano Lake or Monticello Dam. Meet Ben at the Park & Ride lot off I-80 in West Sacramento. From Sacramento, take the West Capitol Avenue exit, turn left at the light, and then left again into the Park & Ride lot. This is a good trip for experienced birders, beginners and younger birders alike. Loaner binoculars are available.
Wednesday, October 4, 8:30am Ancil Hoffman Park - Effie Yeaw Nature Center Leader: Cathie LaZier, 502-2699 email@example.com Meet Cathie in the Effie Yeaw parking lot for this birding walk, looping around the golf course with a couple of side trips down to the river, then returning to the parking lot on Effie Yeaw Nature Center trails. This walk is approximately 3 miles, with some up and down slopes and uneven footing. Wear comfortable shoes and you may want to bring water or snacks. We'll end the trip by noon. For directions, see sacnaturecenter.net. A Sac County Park Pass or $5 entry fee is required for all vehicles.
Saturday, October 7, 8am Sacramento Bar Leader: Darrell Mohr, 225-3999 firstname.lastname@example.org Darrell will be checking for mergansers, goldeneye, and other birds on the river. Among the more common passerines, such as crowned sparrows, towhees, goldfinches, and wrens, there’s a possibility of the less common Phainopepla, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, and who knows what other surprises! This is a great trip for beginning and more experienced birders. From Highway 50, drive north on Sunrise Blvd.; turn left on Fair Oaks Blvd. and take the first left on Pennsylvania. A Sac County Park Pass or $5 entry fee is required for all vehicles.
Sunday, October 8, 7am Ancil Hoffman Park Fall Migration Leader: Mark Martucci, 833-6722 email@example.com Mark will be looking for fall migrants, as well as returning wintering birds, and maybe something unexpected may turn up. This will be a 2 to 4 hour walk. A SAC County Park Pass or $5 entry fee is required for all vehicles. Meet Mark at the main parking lot across from the golf course. From California Ave. in Fair Oaks take the Tarshes Drive entrance and follow it to the golf course area parking lot.
Tuesday, October 10, 7am Sand Creek Road Leader: Bill Bianco, 372-3318, 889-4849 firstname.lastname@example.org Join Bill for a trip to Arbuckle and then up Sand Creek Road. Target birds include Sage Sparrow, Lawrence's Goldfinch, Western Kingbird, Roadrunner, Western Screech Owl, Pileated Woodpecker, Mountain Quail and other migrants. The road can be rough and all wheel drive is recommended. Bring a lunch and liquids and be prepared for an afternoon return. We will meet at the Woodland Jack-in-the-Box. Take I-5 north toward Woodland; exit at County Road 102, (exit 536); turn right (north) on 102 and turn right into the Jack-in-the-Box parking lot. FRS radios are helpful on this trip.